15 March 2013

How to improve American political debates

Let's adopt an old Persian custom, as described by Herodotus in 430 BCE:
It is also their general practice to deliberate upon affairs of weight when they are drunk; and then on the morrow, when they are sober, the decision to which they came the night before is put before them by the master of the house in which it was made; and if it is then approved of, they act on it; if not, they set it aside. Sometimes, however, they are sober at their first deliberation, but in this case they always reconsider the matter under the influence of wine.
I would have paid money to watch the Republican presidential candidates conduct their debates after each had downed a six-pack of beer or four shots of bourbon.  And I wish Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had been required to smoke weed before stepping up to the podium.

A hat tip for the idea to a Reddit thread.


  1. Mittens would have to smoke weed, 'cuz Mormon's don't drink beer.

  2. Wine is not the same as beer and whisky.
    Weed is not the same as Cocaine.
    Come to France and learn how to eat, drink and discuss.
    Out of it is not where these guys were and off your head will never get you anywhere.
    If you really want to do something for the planet then pay off all your debts (If you are a real Christian then you should not have any but there you go) then what you earn is yours.
    I'm just a tight fisted hard working Scot in France.
    Everything you buy is 40% somebody's debt so why do you all give your money away like that and let others walk all over you.
    Get rid of your credit and watch the rich beg you for food.

  3. Four shots of burbon is less alcohol than six 12oz beers. Still, it would have been fun to watch those republicans get a little drunk before their mega debates. Perry might have done much better. I never voted for him except when he was running for Agriculture Comish as a Dem years ago, but I think he has a lot of good ideas sometimes. He seems to have chosen to ride the crazy train to fame. Sometimes he falls off script and says reasonable things and maybe he would do that more if he were drunk all the time.

    Weed would be much more interesting. So unpredictable. There's this grayish peppery stuff that is grown in East Texas somewhere. Some people call it "beautiful dreamer" after a similar looking medicinal strain in California. Never had anything like it before. I had 27 strains of racing thoughts and would have hated to debate with that kind of high. Pretty cool to play chromatics on my bass that way though


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